If you are a business owner holding back from migrating your operation to the cloud, just because you have heard a few comments, then it’s time to set the record straight. There’s plenty of misinformation about cloud that needs dispelling, because cloud computing can transform your business and make it more efficient and secure.
1. Myth one: Cloud is wide open to hacking.
Cloud infrastructure provides a safe, walled virtual fortress and when you sign up to a cloud service, your data belongs to you – it’s that simple. The weakest points to any cloud infrastructure are the users themselves. Authentication of users is something that your business can control with simple, effective work policies. Password allocation from management ensures robust passwords are always strong and not 123456, for example. Multiple stage authentication can also be used. You can educate your staff about phishing scams and how to spot them. Mobile device users need to adhere to policies of use also. This is simple gatekeeping stuff – it’s not rocket science. Just as with any kind of work you want to keep safe, if you are mindful of protecting it, it will remain protected.
2. Myth two: You have to migrate all your IT to the cloud.
There seems to be a common perception that it’s all or nothing when engaging with cloud infrastructure as a service. The truth is that it’s largely up to you how you use cloud for your business. You can choose to use it for a variety of operations and virtual software – perhaps for emails, or for sharing and working on documents but not for your main databases. The point is, you do not necessarily have to shift your whole organisation to the cloud if that’s not comfortable for you. A hybrid solution might serve your company better than a total migration.
3. Myth three: Your company is too large for migration.
There is plenty of support out there – for instance, Microsoft 365 has dedicated support and online tools you can make the most of. Breaking migration into manageable stages is a good way to approach shifting a large organisation over to cloud and of course, outsourcing the planning and processes for this via a Managed Services Provider takes the stress away. A well thought out, phased migration will make cloud infrastructure much easier to implement, with minimum disruption to staff.
4. Myth four: Your team will need to relearn everything.
Not so. Take Office 365 – it has applications like Word and SharePoint and at a fundamental level they have the same functionality. Whilst the software consists of the tools you will be familiar with, it will also benefit your work with additional productivity tools.
The methods you know are the same or similar, it’s just cloud based and a lot more versatile. You could say that cloud isn’t about reinventing the wheel – it’s just making that wheel go further.
5. Myth five: Moving over to cloud is expensive.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Costs are broken down to manageable and good value monthly amounts and if anything, it will save you money in the long run in a couple of distinct ways. Firstly, by driving efficiencies and savings that will ensure you see a return on the investment. Secondly, by ensuring that you don’t lose data and can recover quickly with your data remaining intact when systems go wrong or if there is a workplace disaster.
If you haven’t gotten around to looking seriously at cloud migration for your company yet, please drop us a line at Netitude. We will be happy to explain further how you can see real benefits quickly, by changing over to a cloud based infrastructure.